The Museum’s collection contains over 150 pieces, from large, animated commercial signs to one-of-a-kind artworks.
Most major pieces in the collection are exhibited at the Museum, though some are shown at satellite venues. The Museum’s displays vary according to programming and changing art exhibits. See Visit for all current shows and locations. The Museum’s collection includes:
We are fortunate to have numerous signs from iconic businesses that were started in Philadelphia and surrounds. These include Pat’s Steaks, Bookbinder’s, Pep Boys, McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Horn and Hardart’s, and Levis Hot Dogs.
These national businesses had signs manufactured and displayed at locations across the United States, including Philadelphia. Such signs were often made in varied sizes and styles. Our collection includes GE, Buster Brown, Pittsburgh Paints, and many others.
Manufacturers of cold cuts, paint, ice cream, and all manner of goods offered signs at a discount or free to promote products. Window signs were also used in urban storefronts to identify the business.